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There is always something going on at the two Waterbury Newton offices in Berwick and Kentville, Nova Scotia. On this page, you can stay up-to-date on the news, community events and personal triumphs of our lawyers and staff.

Trinda Ernst, QC

July 7, 2017 (Halifax, NS) –The 2017 recipient of the Schulich School of Law’s Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service is Trinda Ernst, QC (LLB ’83), a senior lawyer at Waterbury Newton Law Firm, which has offices in Kentville and Berwick, N.S.

Since 1983, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University has presented the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service annually to an alumnus or alumna who has made outstanding contributions to the community and the legal profession on either a worldwide, national, provincial or local setting.

“We congratulate Trinda, whose strong commitment to volunteerism, and her contributions to her community and the legal profession over many years, make her an ideal candidate for this prestigious award,” says Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron.

Ernst has worked at Waterbury Newton since 1985. Her field of expertise includes wills and estates, elder law, corporate/commercial law and real estate law. As an Associate, she practised extensively in family law and, to a lesser extent, criminal law. Previous roles included Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission lawyer and articled clerk at the Atlantic Regional Office of the Department of Justice (Canada) in Halifax.

In addition to her legal practice, Ernst is an active community volunteer with many interests, including the Girl Guides, Valley Voice a cappella choir and Wolfville L’Arche Homefires Society. She has been involved in many initiatives, including with the CentreStage Theatre Society, Valley Women’s Business Network, Eastern King’s Chamber of Commerce and Valley Regional Hospital.

Among Ernst’s myriad awards and appointments are The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Gold Award, CBA-NS Branch Distinguished Service Award, the Girl Guides of Canada’s Gold Merit Award and National President of the Canadian Bar Association. However, she is perhaps most well known for taking young lawyers and law students under her wing at events and introducing them to her broad network of peers.


Adopt-a-Day Challenge

KENTVILLE, Nova Scotia (September 13, 2014)

Waterbury Newton participated in the Adopt-a-Day challenge with the Habitat for Humanity® Annapolis Valley Chapter. We were the first team to Adopt-a-Day for this build. On September 13th, 2014 we insulated the foundation for a duplex that is being built on Scott Drive in Kentville. The duplex will provide housing for 10 people in two families. We had a great time participating in this worthy cause.

You can view photos of the event on the Habitat for Humanity® website.

Africville Heritage Trust

Waterbury Newton recently donated $100,000 to Africville Heritage Trust, a scholarship program made possible by our team. Read more on the Metro website.

Lawyer Daleen van Dyk Gets Dunked for Charity!

Waterbury Newton set up a booth at the Hants County Exhibition in September to provide legal information and information about the firm. One lawyer at the booth, Daleen van Dyk, was presented with a scenario she did not expect; she was approached to volunteer to be “dunked” to raise money for the Hants Community Hospital.

“The operator thought people would take a special interest in dunking a lawyer! They were right,” said Ms. van Dyk. “I was grateful that it’s harder than it looks to hit the bull’s eye. I did go under a few times. It’s a great cause and making people laugh was a bonus. I was proud to be part of the effort to raise funds for the community, and it was a change from being suited up in the office!”

Waterbury Newton Sponsor the Inaugural Africville Heritage Trust Society Scholarship Award

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (August 5, 2013)

The Africville Heritage Trust Society (AHTS) Scholarship Program was established in 2012 by the AHTS, and Waterbury Newton, which represented the Africville Genealogy Society and many former Africville residents in an action against the former City of Halifax.

On Monday August 5, 2013, the AHTS awarded the inaugural scholarship to Rajean Boudreau. Rajean is connected to Africville through her great-grandmother, of Carvery and Dixon descent.

“I am grateful and honoured to be the first recipient of this award. I am proud to be a descendant of Africville, and I am thankful to the Trust, Waterbury Newton, and the people of Africville for recognizing me in this way” said Ms. Boudreau

In September, Rajean will begin the Masters of Social Work program at Dalhousie University and plans to practise in the healthcare industry upon the completion of her degree.

Rajean is also working with the Association of Black Social Workers and is an active leader in the Youth Ministry at New Beginnings Ministries Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Congratulations, Rajean! We hope that you have a prosperous career!

Curt Palmer Runs the Legs for Literacy Half Marathon

MONCTON, New Brunswick (October 23, 2013)

Curtis Palmer, accompanied by his sons Colin and Benjamin, travelled to Moncton on October 23, 2013, to compete in the Legs for Literacy half marathon. This running event, which is the biggest in New Brunswick, supports literacy efforts in that province. The temperature that day was +1 Celsius, and it took Curt and the boys — who vowed to start together and finish the event together — approximately two hours and twenty minutes to complete the race.

Curtis is a three-time provincial men’s curling champion and has represented Nova Scotia on three separate occasions at the Briar. As a senior curler, Curtis has won three provincial championships, and has attended senior nationals on three occasions.

Colin is finishing his Masters in International Studies at St. Mary’s University. Benjamin is a first year Masters of Public Administration student at Dalhousie University. Both boys enjoy the opportunity to run and curl with their father.


Waterbury Newton Volunteers as Drop-Off Location for Women’s Day Donation Drive

KENTVILLE & Berwick, Nova Scotia (March 8, 2013)

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, donations for Chrysalis House in Kentville can be dropped off on March 8th between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the offices of Waterbury Newton (469 Main Street, Kentville and 188 Commercial Street, Berwick).

Chrysalis House Women’s Shelter in Kentville has asked for these items:

  • Towels
  • Facecloths
  • Tea Towels
  • Dish Cloths
  • Small Appliances
  • Small Kitchen Utensils
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Laundry Baskets

Come out and show you care. This is an initiative supported in all Canadian Bar Association branches across Canada to show solidarity by women for women in need on this important date. However, men may also contribute, so please “spread the word” to others you work with, as well as family and friends.


Waterbury Newton Lawyers Participate in Legal Information Seminars

One of the priorities at Waterbury Newton is community involvement. Lawyers and staff participate in community events, sit on volunteer committees and present at legal information seminars.

Our firm regularly partners with the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre to host legal information seminars on topics including estate planning, family matters such as separation and divorce, as well as purchasing, selling and refinancing a home.

Recently, Trinda L. Ernst, Q.C., Ashley L. Thomas and Daleen van Dyk set up a table at CFB 14 Wing Greenwood’s annual Wing Welcome. Likewise Randall L. Prime presented at a Real Estate Seminar at the Annapolis Mess of the 14 Wing Greenwood CFB.

We also partner with other community organizations such as Community Inc. and VANSDA to present on topics of interest.

Recently, Ashley L. Thomas presented to students at VANSDA regarding the off-duty conduct of employees and their right to privacy in the context of social networking.

Waterbury Newton Participates in Rotary’s Awesome Race

KINGS COUNTY, Nova Scotia (October 5, 2013)

On October 5, 2013, Waterbury Newton fielded a team in the inaugural Rotary’s Awesome Race, which raised over $10,000. The Waterbury Newton team, consisting of Trinda L. Ernst Q.C., Ashley L. Thomas, Dave Perry and Aaron Pledger contributed over $1,300 of the funds raised. This money will support the Valley Hospice construction and other community needs.

Rotary International is the largest service group of women and men in the world (over 170 countries) and the only NGO member of the United Nations. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, its most ambitious project to eradicate polio began in 1985. In 28 years, it has immunized millions of children against this disease, which is now only endemic in three countries, instead of 125 when the campaign began. Visit the End Polio Now website to find out more about World Polio Day which took place on October 24, 2013.

The Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise is only 13 years old, but has already contributed over $1,000,000 toward numerous local and international projects, including Camp Brigadoon, New Minas skate park, school playground equipment, Polio Plus and wells in Africa. Thanks to many partners in the community, it is currently completing another successful Food for Thought campaign to raise money for Kings County school breakfast and lunch programs.

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